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Reviews, Visits, and Rankings / Re: UMass Law
« on: May 26, 2012, 01:08:02 PM »
Yeah, I didn't think accreditation would be their problem. Administratively, UMass knows what they're doing. More along the lines of SNESL's not so great legacy and the reception in the area.

The school is right, its silly for a state the size of Mass not to have a state school, but the legal market in Mass is crazy competitive.  Will their market be RI or CT? Or will grads filter into Boston, where there are too many law schools already?  The south coast isn't populous enough to support a law school.

Law School Applications / Re: Go to Cooley, or retake LSAT??
« on: May 26, 2012, 12:41:36 PM »
Nah, the attrition is mostly forced via a harsh curve. Some transfers and people who just leave, but mostly forced. 

I didn't bother to look up Cooley's actual numbers, but I know Wiedner has a %47 attrition and Cooley has a worse rep than Wiedner.

That's the annoying fallacy of the LSAT- in reality it doesn't predict what it is supposed to very well (none of the standardized test do, not a single one), but it looks that way because people who get a good LSAT go to schools that retain their students and people that get a low LSAT go to many schools that kick out tons.  Hence, the appearance via policy, not data, that the LSAT does what its supposed to. Its all very stupid, but its the way it is.

Law School Applications / Re: grade trend
« on: May 26, 2012, 11:51:49 AM »
I'm not so sure a GPA addendum is a good idea with a 3.48.  I mean, the first thought I had when I read your post was "Flame".  Will admissions think the same? Idk.

Focus on your LSAT. A 3.48 isn't super great, but it is good enough to stand on its own. 

Law School Applications / Re: Go to Cooley, or retake LSAT??
« on: May 26, 2012, 11:45:28 AM »
I forget the yearly Cooley grad number, but its pretty high- over 500.  Biggest law school in the country, baby. 

The irony of going to schools with high attrition is that they are probably actually harder- I mean they kick out like half of there class.  An incoming 1L has a %50 chance of being kicked out. A %50 chance- good God. 

OP there are schools that you can get into with your numbers.  I saw someone on lawschoolnumbers with a 148 who some how got into Case. And I think that person actually ended going to UDC- Ha.

Cooley is too risky on too many levels.  Don't play the transfer game, hardly anyone actually pulls it off.  GL.

Where should I go next fall? / Re: Cooley vs Capital
« on: May 24, 2012, 02:55:50 PM »
I read parts of it only, true.  The comparison is not exact, obviously.  Isn't intended to be- just a general direction.

Never correct spelling again, its crazy lame.  Argue on the merits, not the details.  Yes, I spelled it wrong- So what? Doesn't change anything. 

I don't know what FTFY means.

Are you solicitus, back again?

That all depends on your financial resources.  You can have a safety net if you choose and can afford it, but I'd make a commitment if I were you.

Does UMass not charge a seat deposit?  That would up the cost to $1200.

Seat deposits are designed to force the average person to make a commitment to a school as to open seats up in schools you plan on not attending.  As a matter of manners and courtesy to someone one NESL's waitlist you may want to withdraw rather than linger until fall.

Idk, your reluctance to commit to UMass should tell you something.  Maybe you should just wait a year.  You seem unsure.  Don't go to a law school you will regret in the future. 

Roald and I both prefer UMass of these two, but like Roald said UMass is new and we don't know yet what their potential will be.  Regardless, NESL is a risky and frighteningly expensive choice, UMass maybe risky, we just don't know how much yet.  GL

Law School Applications / Re: Academic Dismissal
« on: May 20, 2012, 11:17:18 AM »
Did you write the article yet?

Where should I go next fall? / Re: The Big Decision
« on: May 19, 2012, 09:45:59 PM »
For me, less loans.  The equation won't be so clean.  You're not guaranteed a great job no matter where you go, especially not in this market.  All the schools you mentioned have sky high tuition.  Is your LSAT enough to get a full ride?  Did you even look at NY, Rutgers or Buffalo?  Idk, I would be terrified to have so much debt that it is literally big law or bust.  But then again, big law isn't my dream.  If its yours you may have to risk it.

A read an article a while back where Chinese companies were hiring Harvard grads out of undergrad to be token white guys in their companies.  The grads did it because they couldn't find a decent job.

I'm even depressing myself now with so much bleakness.

No kidding. A couple hour commute first year- Dude, you need those three to four hours a day- not want, need.  If you go to law school in Boston you'll need to be closer, unless you go part time.

Not trying to be mean, but how much have you thought this through?

Where should I go next fall? / Re: Nova Southeastern v. Stetson???
« on: May 19, 2012, 08:23:51 PM »
Did you apply to Miami or FL International?  What's Nova's attrition?  Looks like you've already made your decision.

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